2022 Kia Sportage Engine

 The Kia Sportage is an excellent compact SUV. It has two rows of adult-friendly seating and is made of high-quality materials. A simple infotainment system, a smooth ride, and secure handling round out what is a strong overall package.

2022 Kia Sportage

The base engine in this Kia is adequate, but the optional turbocharged engine provides more power. The Sportage's main drawbacks are its poor fuel economy and below-average cargo space for the class.

2022 Kia Sportage Engine

The driving behaviour of the Kia Sportage is determined by what's under the hood. Most models have a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 181 horsepower, which is quiet but adequate for most people's needs. The 237-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which is only available on the top-of-the-line SX Turbo trim, is a more exciting option with faster acceleration. While a front-wheel-drive version of the spicier Sportage we tested several years ago was quick, our more recent test of an all-wheel-drive SX Turbo was less so.

Nonetheless, we appreciated the quick responses from its six-speed automatic transmission, which is standard on all models. There's also no discernible difference in driving pleasure between the two engines, though the turbocharged engine can transform mundane milk runs into thrilling rides. The handling characteristics of all Sportage models are above average.

Kia Sportage Ride and Handling

This Kia isn't the most agile vehicle in the class, but it handles corners with poise and assurance. There's adequate steering feedback, and the ride quality holds up well over bumps in the road.